Is it possible to have ovulation and become pregnancy during menses? Is this factual or mere myth?
Ovulation, pregnancy and menstruation are mutually exclusive. They occur independent of each other, normally ovulation (release of eggs), happens first, at abut 14th day of the cycle.
Afterwards, fertilization follows if the sperm meets the released egg. If this happens, pregnancy is achieved and the journey continues. However if the egg is not fertilized, it will degenerate together with the lining of the endometrium and passed out as the monthly menstrual flow.
So, basically, ovulation occurs when the ovaries release an egg, which typically occurs about two weeks before the beginning of a period. This timing is generally based on a 28 day cycle, but this cycle can vary from month to month.
For some women, irregular periods are a fact of life, so narrowing down the exact time of ovulation each month can be tricky.Once ovulation has occurred, the egg travels toward the uterus through the fallopian tubes.
If the egg joins with a sperm, fertilization could occur; however, an unfertilized egg will eventually be shed during a woman’s next period. The act of ovulation itself can also produce some bleeding, which is often mistaken for menstruation.
So, the big question is, Can a woman ovulate during the monthly menstrual period? This is a question that has perplexed women for generations and the answer is still a bit elusive.
Is it myth or fact?
We will try to deconstruct and dissect the possibility! While, some women emphatically believe that the answer to the question, “Can you ovulate during your period?” is a resounding “yes.” others believe vehemently that this is impossible. However in medicine, if there are two words to avoid, its “always” and “never”.
From, review of literatures, there have always been those women who insist that their pregnancy began during menstruation and this is a possibility. However, the chance that conception can occur during menses is relatively low. It is important to remember, though, that the hormonal makeup of each individual is unique and, because of this, the possibility of pregnancy during a period is very real.
Because of this fact, it is important to be wary and mindful while using a period as a possible means of birth control, because, actually it involves risking a possible pregnancy. If you don’t want to get pregnant, do not subscribe to this way of thinking!
So, practically and emphatically because it is possible to ovulate during your period, it is also possible to get pregnant during this time. However, please note, women who have regular menstrual cycles typically will not ovulate during their period. On the contrary those women who have irregular cycles may experience increased chances of ovulating during a period.
One point to remember is that since sperm can live up to three days, conception can occur right before a period begins. Your menstrual cycle can play a huge role in determining your ovulation date. Shorter cycles with longer periods would actually increase the chances that you might ovulate during your period.
Summary of important facts
In summary it important to note the follow facts, these will help clear up some of the confusion surrounding the ovulation process and the possibility of pregnancy during mensuration. Typically, only one egg is released during ovulation.
1. Normally a released egg can live up to 24 hours after ovulation.
2. Health status such as stress, sickness, or other outside influences can affect ovulation.
3. It usually takes from a week to 12 days for a fertilized egg to become implanted.
4. Note, it is possible to experience ovulation even without experiencing a period.
5. While it is common not to be aware that you are ovulating, some women experience a heaviness or some pain during ovulation.
6. The chance of pregnancy increases if intercourse occurs sometime between three days before to three days after ovulation.
Deviations from the aforementioned are fairly common and might likely lead to the possibility of pregnancy from ovulation during monthly menstrual cycle.
Dr. Chudi Godsons
References & Photo Credit
● Mayo clinic